Back in March, CBS announced renewals for 14 of its current shows for the 2013-2014 season. Criminal Minds
was suspiciously absent from these early renewals but the show was expected to return for season 9 as soon as new deals were secured for several main cast members.
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According to Deadline
last Friday, CBS and ABC Studios reportedly made their final offers to the five Criminal Minds
stars whose contracts are up for renewal -- Thomas Gibson, A.J. Cook, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness and Joe Mantegna.
As of Monday, Gibson and Mantegna were said to be close to signing on for season 9 while Moore was reported as still being deep in talks.
However, Cook and Vangsness -- said to be negotiating together -- reportedly turned down their final offers out-right. The actresses are rumored to be seeking pay equality after years of making less than half of what their male co-stars are pulling in.
Series regular Matthew Gray Gubler and new cast member Jeanne Tripplehorn do not have contracts up for renewal this year.CBS Reveals Season Finale Storylines>>
Assuming the show is renewed for season 9, as show-runner Erica Messer was confidant it would be, what will it look like?
With Gubler and Tripplehorn on board and Mantegna and Gibson close to signing, the new season could see the team down three members if Moore, Cook and Vangsness do not renew their contracts with the series. Though Criminal Minds
has seen cast turnover in the past, losing almost half of the series regulars going into a new season is going to be hard to over-come.
CBS will announce its fall schedule next Wednesday at the Upfronts so we should know soon enough if Criminal Minds
will live to see another season.
What do you think, Criminal Minds
fans? Would you tune in for season 9 without Cook, Vangsness or Moore? Do you think the show can survive another cast shake-up?
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